AUSTIN (Feb. 14, 2023) – The Texas Hospital Association names Christopher Durovich, FACHE, president and CEO of Children’s Health, as the recipient of the 2022 Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration in recognition of his dedication to the health care industry. The award was presented today at THA’s 2023 Annual Conference and Expo.
The Earl M. Collier Award is the highest honor bestowed by THA. It recognizes outstanding executives who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the health care industry and their profession, who are leaders in providing quality health care services and active in THA and other industry groups.
“Chris has used his time, influence and knowledge of the health care industry to improve the health of Texas children and health care delivery in the state. His ongoing commitment to the Texas hospital industry and community leadership makes him especially deserving of the Collier Award,” said John Hawkins, president and CEO of THA.
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For the past 20 years, Durovich has led Children’s Health as president and CEO, guiding the organization through extensive growth and transformation, evolving from a single local children’s hospital to a nationally recognized, award-winning, and market-leading pediatric health system serving one of the nation’s fastest-growing pediatric populations. Today, the system serves more than 300,000 unique patients annually across 800,000 separate patient encounters and contributes $3.3 billion to the North Texas economy.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” said Christopher J. Durovich, president and CEO, Children’s Health. “I would not be here without the extraordinary work and passion of all those at Children’s Health who fulfill our mission to make life better for children. I am proud to serve with and among them.”
Under Durovich’s leadership, Children’s Health is consistently recognized as a leader in pediatric health care, being one of only a few children’s hospitals nationally – and the only children’s hospital in North Texas – to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report in all 10 pediatric specialty care areas. This dedication to innovation and clinical excellence was further recognized by D CEO Magazine, which named Children’s Health as the area’s Outstanding Health System in 2021. Its Nurse Residency Program is ranked fourth overall by the University of Kansas School of Nursing and Vizient/American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and under his leadership, the organization has routinely received Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Children’s Health is a leader in workplace culture and has been recognized among the “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review for ten consecutive years, named a “Best Place to Work” by the Dallas Business Journal in 2022 and awarded the “Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award” in 2021.
Durovich is driven by a strong commitment to industry leadership and the health of Texans and their children. In 2020, Durovich served as the chairman of the Texas Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and continues to serve and advise the boards of the THA, Teaching Hospitals of Texas and the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas. He actively invests his time in community leadership through organizations such as the Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America Circle Ten Council and the University of Vermont Grossman School of Business Administration.
Durovich has previously served on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the American Hospital Association and has served as Chair of the Children’s Hospital Association, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, and the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas.
Prior to joining Children’s Health, Durovich served as the vice president of Operations at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, as well as leadership positions with Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Michigan Health System, and the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. He was on active duty as a United States Army Medical Service Corps Officer for six years.
Durovich has a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University, is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont.
About Children’s Health
Children’s Health is committed to making life better for children. As one of the largest and most prestigious pediatric health care providers in the country and the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas, Children’s Health cares for children through more than 750,000 patient visits annually. The Children’s Health system includes its flagship hospital, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, as well as Children’s Medical Center Plano, the Children’s Health Care Network, specialty centers, rehabilitation facilities and physician services. Children’s Medical Center Dallas continues to be the only North Texas hospital to be ranked in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Through its academic affiliation with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children’s Health is a leader in life-changing treatments, innovative technology and ground-breaking research. This affiliation led to establishing the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute in 2011, committed to pursuing research in regenerative medicine, cancer biology and metabolism.
About the Texas Hospital Association
Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents 452 of the state’s non-federal general and specialty hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 400,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at https://twitter.com/texashospitals.